Club for Jesus Offers Alternative Place for Christians and Non-Christians to Party Without Drinking and Sex

Young people rock out at a youth convention at Club for Jesus in Waldorf, MD (Holly Reed)
Young people rock out at a youth convention at Club for Jesus in Waldorf, MD (Holly Reed)

For those who want the nightclub scene without the drinking and solicitations for sex, Club for Jesus in Waldorf, Md., offers a fun atmosphere where believers and nonbelievers can have a good time.

“Just because you’re saved doesn’t mean you can’t dance,” Yolanda Darby told The Christian Post in an interview on Friday. Darby said she was inspired to create Club for Jesus when she discovered the need for “an alternative place to go dance or party without drinking, without being picked up.”

Traditional churches end up stifling people, Darby said. “Ninety-nine percent of church people are the ones who patronize secular clubs,” she argued. “We feel that the churches, somewhat, in some cases, are putting people back in slavery.” Pastors warn their congregations against having fun at places like Club for Jesus, and that drives them to go to secular clubs.

But “salvation is not slavery,” Darby explained. “It’s freedom with boundaries.” She cited Ecclesiastes 3:1, “For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven,” using it to emphasize her point that God wants Christians to have a good time.

Club for Jesus does not limit its clientele to Christians, however.

“The church is supposed to be for sinners needing salvation, not for sinners who are claiming they are saved and denying salvation,” Bryan Garland, an elected youth leader, told CP. He quoted Mark 2:17, where Jesus explains that healthy people don’t need a doctor. “Club for Jesus is God’s ram in a bush,” Garland said, “a ransom for the souls of sinners.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post
Tyler O’Neil